Lessons in Rebuilding: A House and a Newspaper

Meeks, David
September 2007
Nieman Reports;Fall2007, Vol. 61 Issue 3, p34
The article describes how the author learned the value of persistent patience in rebuilding his house and the newspaper he works with in New Orleans, Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He explains that "The Times-Picayune" has been in existence for 170 years and the staff thought that the hurricane had signed an end to it. But to the surprise of the staff the readers who have evacuated New Orleans continued to trust the newspaper by accessing it online to know the latest information about the city that was destroyed by the hurricane. The author says that he thought he would not be able to come back to his house. But after two years of efforts and persistence he was able to rebuild the house and so were his neighbors.


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